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Overview

The University of Maryland is located in the metropolitan area of Washington DC, approximately 8 miles from the many libraries, museums, research institutions and cultural activities associated with the nation's capital. The College Park campus currently enrolls approximately 37,000 students, of whom over 10,000 are graduate students. There are more than 60 students pursuing graduate work in the Department of Kinesiology. Most students are enrolled full-time in graduate study. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Graduate students in the Department of Kinesiology gain expereince through formal coursework, active engagement in research, independent study, departmental activities, current research seminars, and through encouraging attendance at professional meetings at the state, regional, national, and international levels.


Degrees and Specializations

The Department of Kinesiology offers the graduate degrees listed below. Expand each section below to learn more about the degree option.

Students interested in physical education should consider the K-12 Physical Education Master's Certificate (MCERT) offered through the College of Education. The Physical Education Master's Certification Program is a 13 month intensive graduate level teacher preparation program.

Master of Public Health (MPH) in Physical Activity

The MPH in Physical Activity is a 45-credit professional degree. All students complete six public health core courses, eight courses in the physical activity and related cognate area, internship experience(s), and a capstone project. 

The expertise gained through the MPH in Physical Activity prepares students for careers that involve integrating physical activity into public health practice at various levels.

Learn More: For more information about coursework and degree competencies visit the MPH page here.

Ready to apply? View more information about admissions requirements and the application process here.

Master of Arts (MA)

The MA degree is offered in the following areas of study:

  • Cognitive Motor Neuroscience: Motor control, motor development, biomechanics, computational motor neuroscience, sport psychology, exercise psychophysiology
  • Exercise Physiology: Genetic, molecular, cellular and applied research in muscular, metabolic, and cardiovascular aspects of exercise physiology
  • Physical Cultural Studies: Interdisciplinary analysis of physical culture, cultural kinesiology, sociology of sport and physical activity, history of sport and physical activity, sport marketing and media

Supporting courses are also offered in research methods, experimental design, statistics, and computer data acquisition and processing. Graduate students may pursue specialized interests through appropriate independent research or projects. Masters students are required to take 30 credits, 6 of which are thesis credits (3 credits of a research project for non-thesis option).

Learn More: For more information about coursework and degree competencies visit the MA page here.

Ready to apply? View more information about admissions requirements and the application process here.

Doctoral (Ph.D.)

The PhD degree is offered in the following areas of study:

  • Cognitive Motor Neuroscience: Motor control, motor development, biomechanics, computational motor neuroscience, sport psychology, exercise psychophysiology
  • Exercise Physiology: Genetic, molecular, cellular and applied research in muscular, metabolic, and cardiovascular aspects of exercise physiology
  • Physical Cultural Studies: Interdisciplinary analysis of physical culture, cultural kinesiology, sociology of sport and physical activity, history of sport and physical activity, sport marketing and media

Supporting courses are also offered in research methods, experimental design, statistics, and computer data acquisition and processing. Graduate students may pursue specialized interests through appropriate independent research or projects. Ph.D. students are required to take 60 credits, 12 are dissertation credits.

Learn More: For more information about coursework and degree competencies visit the PhD page here.

Ready to apply? View more information about admissions requirements and the application process here.


Graduate School Policies

Both prospective and current students are encouraged to visit the Graduate School website at www.gradschool.umd.edu. This online resource includes the Graduate Catalog with information on UMD graduate school policies and procedures. It also provides a link to the listing of important deadlines for graduate students.


Contact Us

Graduate Director: Dr. Shannon Jette (jette@umd.edu)

Graduate Coordinator: Andrea Romeo (aromeo@umd.edu)

General questions about our Kinesiology graduate program can be directed via email to knes-grad@umd.edu